Sorido Bay Resort was built in 2004 on remote Kri Island in Raja Ampat, one of the most spectacular diving regions in Indonesia's Far East, about 2 hours by boat from Sorong airport in West Papua, the former Irian Jaya. Sorido Bay's picture perfect setting on a deep water lagoon combines luxury Western amenities with relaxed Papuan lifestyle.
Sorido Bay Resort is operated by one of the pioneers of Raja Ampat diving, Max Ammer and his team. They also run Kri Eco Resort which offers divers on a tighter budget a more rustic place to stay on the other side of Kri Island.
Sorido Bay Resort has been built for divers with the needs of photographers in mind. There are 7 beachfront bungalows with fantastic view over the lagoon. Each bungalow has ensuite facilities and a private courtyard.
There are two different types off bungalows:
5x Sentani cottages 65m2 (215 sq ft)
2x Kaimana cottages 90m2 (300 sq ft)
All interiors are decorated in Papuan style using museum quality artefacts and offer the following luxurious amenities: Air-conditioning, hot showers, television, fridge and a special area for photographers - a spacious table especially set up for camera work with good lighting and 110V & 220V build-in electricity outlets. These camera tables also have built-in sinks and running water.
There are two main buildings completing the resort set up. There is a spacious dining area with splendid views over the bay. The other building consists of lobby, office, kitchen, library, internet lounge, souvenir shop and storage rooms. A sundeck and wet lounge is to be found along the jetty for those who just can't get enough of the views.
Cape Kri - House Reef
Sorido Bay Resort is surrounded by the most spectacular house reef. More than 283 different species of fish have been recorded during one dive on their house reef, Cape Kri. This made this not only the fish richest dive site known to science, but also the richest house reef anywhere in the world!
Unlimited dive packages at Sorido Bay included scheduled boat dives and unguided house reef dives between 7am and 9pm daily.
The resort is so confident about their common manta encounters that divers who do not see any manta rays in one week do not have to pay their bar bill.
Duration of Stay
Sorido Bay Resort offers free boat transfers between Sorong and Kri Island every Sunday, and to avoid very high transfer fees it is best to arrange stays of 7 nights minimum arriving on Sundays. There is also the possibility of returning to Sorong on Wednesdays if divers would like to stay for 10 nights. 10 night packages can also be arranged from Thursday to Sunday, however, a night must then be spent in Sorong because the boat departure to Kri Island on Thursdays is very early in the morning. For a 10 night stay, the best option is from Sunday to Wednesday as no extra nights in Sorong are required and only 1 Saturday is spent without boat diving.
Guests who arrive on Sunday morning in Sorong must ensure to arrive before 8.00am for a same day transfer to the resort. There is only one boat departure to Sorido Bay Resort on Sunday which departs latest at 9.00am. Guests who depart from Sorong on Sundays or Wednesdays must book a departure flight after 10.00am.
Free Wi-Fi internet access is available from guest rooms and lounge areas at Sorido Bay Resort. Although it can be intermittent, the resort has mobile signal.
Sorido Bay Resort is the ideal destination for divers who enjoy peace and solitude on a deserted island surrounded by luxurious amenities and friendly attentive service. The diving facilities are top of the line. Kri Island is the best place in Raja Ampat to encounter mantas, sharks and pelagics.